First and Last

Today Dora had her first surgery that we hope will be her last. Dad took her in early this morning to Seaside Veterinary Clinic where she was scheduled to be spaded. Dora’s dad stayed with her as she woke. She did fine and was home before noon.There wi…

Kiel Canal Day 3

Our third day on the Kiel Canal was the longest and the most exciting. After an aborted first attempt due to fog and traffic movement restrictions in the canal, we made a 36-mile run from Rendsburg to Brunsbuttel at the western canal entrance. During the transit, we ran at wide-open-throttle for a time in order…

An Important 1st

Since Dora joined the Red head crew, she has been racking up one first after another. Pretty much every place she goes and much of what she does is a first for this little girl. Last week she checked off a really important first – her first overnight c…

Kiel Canal Day 2

On our second day in the Kiel Canal, we stopped for the night in Rendsburg after an 11-mile run from Lake Flemhude. As part of our “full Kiel Canal experience” we had lunch canal-side at the Bruckenterrassen Cafe with a view to the passing ships. We also walked under the canal through a pedestrian tunnel…

Kiel Canal Day 1

The Kiel Canal was completed in 1895, connecting the Baltic and North seas through northern Germany. It is the busiest artifical waterway in the world and annually carries nearly as many ships as the Suez and the Panama canals combined. In contrast to Scotland’s Crinan Canal that we passed through last year, Dirona wasn’t even…

South Towards Germany

We turned south towards Germany after departing Aalborg and exiting the Limfjord, travelling 165 miles and making two stops before our final Danish anchorage at Thuro Bund. We were scheduled to arrive into Amsterdam by November 1st, so didn’t spend as much time exploring Denmark as we would have liked. But the town of Svendborg,…

Aalborg, Denmark

With a strategic position at the mouth of the Limfjord, Aalborg has long been an important Danish city. Settlement dates back to 700AD and it currently is Denmark’s fourth-largest city. A major industrial 20th-century industrial center, the city has done a wonderful job of revitalizing it’s waterfront and has a number of beautiful heritage buildings….

The Limfjord

The Limfjord is a peaceful cruising ground that provides a sheltered passage across Denmark’s Jutland Peninsula between Thyboron and Aalborg. With a maximum depth of 4m in the main channel, the waterway is too shallow for large ships and sees only light commercial traffic. Although not a fjord in the geololigical sense, the Limfjord once…

Simrad Forward Looking Sonar-A Winner

With Simrad’s recent update, their forward-looking sonar has become a valuable tool, in particular when used in conjunction with their …Read More

Another Amigo

Faithful followers of the blog will remember the many fun-filled days Dylan, Dee Dee, and their best buddy, Gracie, spent at the beach in the Bahamas. Mom loved those times so well, she chose the above picture for her iPad background. If you’ve missed …